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Crowded church
Apia, SAMOA — After nearly two months of not hearing church choirs singing hymns due to Covid-19 restrictions, Samoans piled into church buildings Sunday morning in unusually large numbers. The streets were again whitewashed with flashy Sunday best attire. Inside one church in Apia, there was...
I don't speak Samoan, I can't spell ‘faavelevas’, and I don’t know the culture; but I do know what an Economy about to collapse looks like. I know people will go hungry, and some already are. I know distress is coming, and desperation has arrived. Forget the lockdown, this is a tourist based...
Mr Lin of Peta Lin Store holds bag of chicken
Apia, SAMOA — A disparity in the price of chicken between stores was felt by consumers this past weekend with some shops selling at $4.20, while another store set the price at $5.80 per kilogram. As many in Samoa lost their jobs and sources of income due to the necessary COVID-19 state of emergency...
Iraqi money, illegal guns and ammunition, as well as a hardcover book with descriptions of various guns
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Two senior Department of Public Safety police officials have rejected claims from Samoa that Iraqi currency and prohibited weapons found in a police raid at Faleatiu village in Samoa last week came from American Samoa. Responding to these “strong suspicious and...
Faleolo International Airport
Apia, SAMOA — The matai council of Ti'avea village on the eastern end of Upolu in Samoa, has consented to a government request to relocate homes and graves to facilitate the construction of a $US5 million airstrip. The Samoa Observer newspaper reported a senior matai, Tolu Iona Maiava, said the...
A car part and the baggie of cocaine found in it
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Police Service (SPS) has confirmed that 200 grams of cocaine was found hidden in a car part that was sent as a mail package from Mexico, after multiple news agencies in Samoa broke the story overnight. In a press release SPS says it was notified by the Ministry of Customs...
A Waikiki Starbucks coffee shop near Kapahulu Avenue with windows boarded up
Alia Tuiolosega, a member of the Colgate University Class of 2023, has earned the fall 2019 Dean's Award for Academic Excellence. Tuiolosega is a graduate of Pacific Horizons School, and is from Pago Pago, AS (96799). Students who receive a term grade point average of 3.3 or higher while completing...
Samoa Police Chief Fuiavailili Egon Keil
Apia, SAMOA — Close to 300 people have been arrested and charged in Samoa for breaches of the Covid-19 State of Emergency Orders which came into effect 21 March. Police Commissioner Fuiavailili Egon Keil has warned there will be more if people don't heed the orders. The Samoa Observer newspaper...
Satellite image taken 6pm Sunday 19 April 2020 (Samoa time)
Apia, SAMOA — An active convergence zone is slow moving from the north of Samoa. Scattered to widespread rain will continue to impact the country into Monday (Samoa time). Isolated thunderstorms are possible with heavy falls and gusty winds at times. The trough of low pressure is now located to the...
Samoa Acting Chief Justice Vui Clarence Nelson
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's government is using the COVID-19 pandemic to covertly make changes to the country's Constitution and its judiciary, according to the president of the Samoa Law Society. Leiataualesa Komisi Kora told RNZ Pacific a suite of bills had been moved through parliament to their third...

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